On The Rack – February 5th, 2014
Dredd: Underbelly hit the ground running last week but it wasn’t the only great title that came out. There were quite a few titles that seemed to boast some great writing and artwork. Guardians of the Galaxy took an interesting twist, giving us the perspective of their team during the events of the All New X-Men #22. This brought the introduction of this story arc together beautifully leaving the reader wanting more right away. While we wait on the reprint of Dredd: Underbelly, lets take a look at what you can pick up at the comic shop this Wednesday, February 5th.
Robocop Hominem Ex Machina One Shot
If you are excited for the new Robocop movie this year but can’t wait, here’s a one shot opportunity to make the wait a bit easier.
“WHY WE LOVE IT: With the release of RoboCop, a re-imagining of the all-time classic, fans of the new and old will be immersed in the action, oppression and humanity that is RoboCop. We cannot wait to be first in line for this new motion picture event! WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Four anthology-style one-shots exploring the world of the new film, brought to you by some of the freshest voices in the industry -- Joe Harris (GREAT PACIFIC), Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS), Ed Brisson (SHELTERED), and Michael Moreci (HOAX HUNTERS). WHAT IT’S ABOUT: After a series of successful campaigns that cripple a portion of Detroit’s criminal activities, RoboCop’s system inexplicably goes down. While RoboCop’s consciousness remains, his control is gone.”
Dark Horse Comics
Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search Library Edition HC
It’s not quite a comic, but it hits the rack this week regardless. If you can’t find it at your local shop, I’m sure it could be placed on special order. Great piece to add to your Avatar collection.
“The biggest mystery of Avatar-the fate of Fire Lord Zuko’s mother-is revealed in this remarkable oversized hardcover collecting parts 1-3 of The Search, from Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! Featuring annotations by Eisner Award winning writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and artistic team Gurihiru (Thor and the Warriors Four), and a brand-new sketchbook, this is a story that Avatar fans need in an edition they will love!
* The official continuation of Airbender from its creators and best-selling writer Gene Luen Yang!
* Collecting The Search Parts 1-3, with tons of extras!”
#1 for $1: Mass Effect: Foundation
Yup, you read that right. Grab the reprint of Mass Effect #1 for only a dollar. These issues that come out through the different companies at $1 are a great way to find some new titles you may not have picked up before.
“Explore the vibrant, engaging world of BioWare’s blockbuster science fiction epic-for just $1! Mass Effect: Foundation starts with a bang, introducing readers to an enigmatic agent and revealing the story of her time spent on the violent mining colony of Themis!”
The Star Wars #5
George Lucas’ original rough draft screenplay brought to life in comic form is at issue 5 this week. It’s been an interesting take on what Star Wars could have been.
“Remember the scene in Star Wars where the Sith Knight traps General Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Annikin Starkiller, and the alien Han Solo-and they have to fight their way free and steal an Imperial starship? No? That’s because this is The Star Wars-based on George Lucas’s original rough-draft screenplay! Experience a Star Wars that never was!”
Action Comics #28
Greg Pak brings us an absolutely beautiful cover this week with action comics. Sometimes, just a cover can draw you in. This is one of those covers for you Superman fans out there.
“Who or what is the Ghost Soldier, and what mysterious ties does he have to The Man of Steel? Will he side with Superman as he is caught in the middle of the military’s battle with subterranean monsters?”
Batman: Jokers Daughter #1
This one shot is going to take you into the depths of DC’s villain. If you’ve been wondering who exactly the Joker’s daughter is like I have, this looks like the one that will give us some answers.
“Who is The Joker’s Daughter? What horrors lurk in the mind of this deranged lunatic, and why is there more to her than meets the eye? More than just a crazy person who stumbled upon The Joker’s face, more than just a woman with a mission, The Joker’s Daughter sees herself as a woman on the path of greed, dominance and lordship over the Gotham Underground. This special issue tells a sordid tale in the life of one of DC’s most popular new villains!”
Forever Evil #5 (of 7)
As we get closer to the end of this series, it looks like Forever Evil is about to come into some major plot twists and events.
“With everything to lose, Lex Luthor and his Injustice League raid the stronghold of the Crime Syndicate with consequences so devastating, the DC Universe will never be the same!”
Green Lantern / Red Lanterns #28 Combo Pack
I touched on this before and DC took an interesting way to bring this out. Green Lantern and Red Lantern will be presented in one combo issue with two covers.
“With dozens of sectors in open rebellion against the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan is faced with a crisis in the sector most important to him: 2814, home of Earth . . . as well as Ysmault, home of the Red Lanterns. Hal made a dangerous bargain with Guy Gardner, and now it’s time to pay up! Plus: Guy and the Red Lanterns take over policing Sector 2814! And you’ll want to keep reading Red Lanterns next month to see what happens to their newest member: (spoiler omitted)”
Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1
Greg Pak and Bart Sears bring back Turok. If you were a fan of this game, and the character, you’ll be sure to be on the hunt as Turok offers a slew of variant covers by artists like Jae Lee, Rob Liefeld and more.
“THE GOLD KEY UNIVERSE BEGINS HERE! Classic Characters by some of Comics Hottest Creators! – Magnus, Solar, Turok and Dr. Spektor! Dynamite is proud to present an all-new adventure ongoing from superstar GREG PAK (Batman/Superman, World War Hulk) and incredible artist MIRKO COLAK (Red Skull: Incarnate, Conan)! Shunned from his tribe, a young Native American named Turok fights to survive, making a lonely life for himself in the unforgiving forest. But his hard-won cunning and survival skills face the ultimate test when man-eating THUNDER LIZARDS attack his people! Why are dinosaurs here? How have they survived? And will Turok use his abilities to save a society that’s taken everything away from him?”
Judge Dredd Classics #8
Want more Judge Dredd? Well, IDW publishes reprints of classic tales of Judge Dredd.
“Dredd and his crack team of judges have infiltrated the borders of Mega-City One’s Sov enemies! Will Dredd finally get ahold of the rogue war criminal ‘Mad Dog’ Kazan? You don’t want to miss the conclusion of this classic Judge Dredd story!”
Locke & Key HC Vol. 06 Alpha & Omega
This New York Times bestselling series has wrapped up but releases the graphic novel in hard cover this week.
“The shadows have never been darker and the end has never been closer. Turn the key and open the last door; it’s time to say goodbye. Omega and Alpha, the final two storylines of the New York Times bestselling series, are collected together to offer a thunderous and compelling conclusion to Locke and Key. An event not to be missed!”
Ms Marvel #1
“The legend has returned! Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City–until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW!”
Punisher is back in his own monthly series. What more can be said? It’s Punisher.
“For years, The Punisher has waged a war on crime in New York City with an array of very large guns, but a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons, and more has set his many sights due west. NOW! Frank Castle’s in the City of Angels, looking to give the devil his due. Things aren’t all they appear, though, with a highly trained military hit squad hot on Frank’s tail. Caught between a posse of Punisher predators and targets of his own one-man-war, Frank’s manifest destiny may be a shallow grave!”
Why does Wolverine have a gun? And another title reboot? Guess it wouldn’t be a Marvel NOW universe starting point unless they rebooted everyone’s favourite canucklehead.
“WOLVERINE NO MORE? After the events of KILLABLE, Wolverine has something to prove. Before he can take on Sabretooth again, he’ll need to build himself back up, get better and stronger than he’s ever been . . . but it’s not as easy as he thought, and he’ll soon find himself turning to other means of revenge when the normal channels don’t seem to be working fast enough. Can he fight back his demons, or is this the beginning of a Wolverine who’s gone to the dark side?”
Our all female cast of X-Men hit issue 10 this week. It’s girls, It’s X-Men. It may be a title for the ladies?
“AN ALL-NEW SISTERHOOD! The X-Men have taken down super villains, aliens and their own future selves . . . but never all at the same time! Lady Deathstrike has put together an all new Sisterhood, her own illuminati to take down the X-Men and take over the world. Recruiting the likes of Typhoid Mary and Enchantress, her cabal go on a global hunt for the most powerful of them all . . . an enemy who holds the X-Men responsible for her almost-destruction. Meanwhile, M settles in and Rachel comes to terms with her relationship with Sublime.”
So, what will you be picking up this week? Each week, I look at the list of what’s coming out and have trouble restraining myself from adding the whole list. There is lots of great titles hitting the rack like Batman, Spider-Man, and so much more. Throw some feedback in the comment section and tell us if we missed something that you would have liked a heads up on. You can even email me directly if you’d prefer and tell me what you thought of certain titles. I may even throw in some quotes from you guys in future articles, so share it around and let me know what you think.
Chat soon fellow geeks, and stay Elite!